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  • 3rd dan, black belt.

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Security & Risk Management.

  • Security Screening & Supervision (Järjestyksenvalvoja), Security Guard (Vartija) & Shop/store security supervisor (Vahtimesteri, i.e.guard & detective).

  • Certified Protection Officer (C.P.O.), International Foundation for Protection Officers (I.F.P.O.).

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner certification.

  • Kyusho International licensed study group leader.

  • Vocational Teacher / lecturer (business studies, security and risk management).

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification.

Ammattilaiset työkokemukset

  • Jiu Jitsu (Ju Jutsu - since 1982), Laugar Kung Fu, Tenshin Shinto Katori ryu, Kyusho Jitsu, Kali, Judo, kickboxing & study of several other martial styles in general.

  • Founding and teaching of 5 clubs, 2 in England and 3 in Finland (since 1987).

  • Security Screening & Supervision / Doorman (Järjestyksenvalvoja since 2001), Security Guard (Vartija) & Shop/store security supervisor (Vahtimesteri), i.e.guard & detective (since 2008).

  • English language (TEFL) teaching (since 1995).

  • Teacher / Lecturer of Security and Risk Management at a University of Applied Sciences (since 2012).


Style Description & Club Profile

Lii-kan Jitsu is a self-defense, conflict intervention and management for an all-round personal protection and security system. We are a registered Vantaa club, under the name of Liikan Jitsu Club ry. We have been established as an independent style and registered club in Finland since 1996 (formerly under the name of Oak Jitsu Seura ry).

We currently train twice per week and currently organise afternoon clubs for schoolkids (free if the school pays), for which you can get more information (in Finnish) via the iltispuolustus page. Otherwise just drop us a line by email. We can also organise  Assault Awareness and Risk Management (AARM) courses for the classroom provided by SeTs Freelancer. These consist of personal protection (self-defense principles and some basic safety techniques), conflict intervention, security and risk management for the general public and security professionals alike, be they school kids, teachers or other  employees at risk in the workplace.

This is supported by complimentary training workshops, seminars and other activities. Commonly these are in the form of Kyusho (i.e. Kyusho International), Parkour and Fitness / conditioning training, NLP, outdoor training and weekend camps in the summer (incl. swimming and BBQ ;) and other fun activities and social events throughout the year. We also have a Chat and Video Tutorial site for members only from within Facebook for additional on-line and distance learning. Ju Jutsu is designed and intended for adults (18+ years) both women and men however, the Liikan Ju Jutsu club also has adapted programs for children in the 8-12 & 13-18 age groups.

Training always starts with a basic starter’s course, which lasts 7 to 8 weeks, with two (~90 mins) sessions a week. Clothing requirements for the starter course are sports outfit (e.g. college trousers and shirt) preferably long sleeves or a T-shirt if need be, gymnastics slippers (soft based) or barefoot if gymslips are not available. No jewellery or zips that might you or others plus good hygiene, especially clean and trimmed finger and toe nails. Clothing for continuation training is a lightweight judo suit with a white polo shirt worn underneath (or t-shirt if not attainable) and black gymslips (soft-soled shoes).


Ju Jutsu with a touch of Kyusho and a taste Kung Fu


The name 'Liikan' is a fusion of two words, Lii and Kan which are the names of the symbols in the Chinese I Ching (book of changes) for Fire and Water which, are also associated with the those elements in the Five Elemental Energies theory and even at the level of Yin and Yang as part of the Three Wu Li Masters theory from Chinese culture. In practice it refers to the fusion of the Japanese Ju Jutsu styles with Chinese Kung Fu (Wu Shu) styles of martial arts to create a hybrid 'Kung Fu-Jiu Jitsu' style. In Japanese, the word 'Kan' can also mean 'school' or 'long life'. Consistent with these concepts, Japanese Ju Jutsu as an art has long since been defined as focused on problem-solving based on flexibility and adaptation.

The primary style is Jiu Jitsu (Ju Jutsu) combined with Shorinji Kempo (Chinese Boxing) by Riuku Myura using his work experience as head of the Tokyo Police force in Japan. Shorinji Kempo is itself an amalgamation of Aiki Jiu Jitsu and various forms or aspects of 'kung fu'. The original name for his system was Shorinji Kan but, has been changed to Shorinji Kempo Karate in recent times. Within the Liikan Jitsu style and programme, Shorinji Kempo Jiu Jitsu is combined and abbreviated to get the alias Shorinjitsu. The name Liikan Jitsu has however been retained as the formal identity to reflect the further development and differentiation of Shorinjitsu to incorporate aspects of other styles, training activities, academic education, professional work experience.

Nowadays, Shorinjitsu has also been further influenced by, and incorporated aspects of several other styles, in particular Kung Fu systems such as Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Praying Mantis and Shaolin White Crane. ). A third tier of imported expertise comes from Kali / Escrima, Kyusho Jitsu (Vital Points) and Katori (Japanese Weapons System). The effect (result) is to create a much more flexible, flowing and natural style of movement and action than most other Ju Jutsu schools that makes it easier to learn, personalise and hence efficient as it is effective.

The system has also been modernised with the inclusion of modern disciplines and knowledge systems from psychology (e.g. Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and sports psychology), to criminology, security and risk management. This includes modern security guarding and supervision skills drawn from work experience.

The school and style is today independent and hence free from the disruptive politics of large organizations and associations, and not restricted by the need to preserve a cultural antique. It is therefore a progressive system that is constantly developing and evolving to stay abreast of modern times and needs, just as all original martial arts were intended to do, if they were to survive. Modern self-defense is an integral and core focus of Liikan training and its syllabus, rather than being tacked on separately as an ad-hoc after-thought as is done in so many traditional and sport oriented arts.


Training is a co-operative and collaborative effort that includes friendly competition for the purpose of learning and skill development. The full techniques are too dangerous for sporting competitions for which reason clear rules of conduct (etiquette) and adherence to them are required without exception. This includes the permitted use of our skills outside the training hall to avoid abuse and bringing our club into disrepute. Those with a criminal record or aspirations need not apply to join.

Training includes classical Ju Jutsu pressure training, Judo type randoori, kickboxing/boxercise, Fitness and Mobility (e.g. Parkour and even a little break-dancing), Bio-Energy Training (i.e. Chi Kung), Psychology (e.g. NLP), personal security and risk management. The base technical training however, does not include Kata. Instead we use a more workshop approach focused vital point by vital point on the techniques and their applications from the start and augmented by sets of illustrative techniques (Waza sets), skills drills, patterns and simple forms to help highlight fundamental physical and technical skills.


Techniques include both armed and unarmed responses to armed and unarmed threats using a full spectrum of strikes, throws and other grappling techniques and tactics. Striking and grappling are considered to be two wheels of the same cart, neither are fully functional and effective without the other, and must therefore be suitably integrated. Weapons are treated as an extension of the unarmed techniques for a more consistent and constructive approach, and faster learning curve than would be the case if taught as a separate learning system or specialist style.

Pedagogical Development

Training starts with basic unarmed techniques against unarmed and armed threats, consistent with the immediate needs of daily life and laws in modern civilised societies. For both practical pedagogy and legal reasons, the initial focus is primarily on grappling techniques and gradually phases in more advanced striking techniques and skills. More extreme techniques, skills and weapons training are phased in during the advanced grades commensurate with the required skills and experience levels for learning them effectively, efficiently (time) and safely. The same phasing-in process for advanced levels of practice is also applied for psychology, chi kung and security and risk management.

Grade and achievement recognitions

Liikan Jitsu has a well defined grade structure based on both traditional and modern pedagogical knowledge and instructional requirements. The syllabus is differentiated for adults (19+), Juniors/Youth (13-18) and Children (8-12) inorder to remove the more dangerous techniques that would not be appropriate (irresponsible) to teach to minors (immaturity) for their own safety and that of other children.


  • Adult 7 Kyu Grades to black (dan) belt. There after the learning really begins! The dan grades continue to follow the structures associated with energy theory.

  • Minors (Juniors & Kids): Zodiac system of 12 badges till they are old enough to upgrade to the next age group's syllabus, knowledge and skills.

    Other achievements for training effort, spirit and contributions to the club and fellow members are also recognised as and when needed or with the annual awards.

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